Joining a parenting group is so beneficial to not only for the primary or secondary carer but also for the children. We have all learnt first hand last during COVID, the loneliness experienced during due to restrictions and isolation. Forming a connection in person has become more evident than ever.
It is so easy to find an online parenting group filled with parents from all over the world however we are often left scratching our heads wondering how do I actually find my local tribe?
Whether you are a Mum, Dad, Foster Parent, Grandparent, caregiver or friend/ relative of a child there is a group or class to suit all kinds of families.
Here are 4 places that you could help you to find a local group of like minded parents and caregivers to build and form relationships with:
For over 45 years Playgroup Australia has been a key element in bringing parents and their children together to play and support each other though the trials and tribulations that comes with parenting.
According to Playgroup Australia CEO Fiona May, ‘Playgroups strengthen communities by advocating to the needs of all parents, caregivers and children. Together we are creating a village through play’
Australian Multiple Birth Association
Expecting twins, triplets or more? You’ve found your tribe. AMBA, the Australian Multiple Birth Association, is Australia’s leading charity for twins, triplets and more.
On their website you will find the official AMBA directory for finding local club support. Each local clubs hosts a range of online and in-person events tailored to meet the needs of a multiple birth family.
Rainbow Families Support Groups
A Rainbow family is a same-sex or LGBTQ+ parented family. Rainbow Families host events that connect LGBTQ+ families, particularly those that are feeling isolated because of social pressures, financial difficulty or where they live.
They advocate on behalf of the community and are a strong and consistent voice for NSW LGBTQ+ families to address discrimination, raise awareness and promote acceptance. Visit their website to find out how you can get involved.
MyTime is for parents and carers of children with a disability, developmental delay or chronic medical condition. It’s a place for you to unwind and talk about your experiences. It’s a world away from appointments and therapy.
And while you attend your group led by a trained facilitator, a play helper will engage your pre-school aged child.
At MyTime, you will find other parents who really understand what it’s like to have a child with a disability, as well as skilled guidance from facilitators to help you access information and services in your area.
Baby & Toddler Activities/Classes
Many parents know that baby & toddler classes are good for their baby but many don’t know all of the benefits these classes can bring not only your baby or toddler but yourself too. As a new parent who is also adjusting to a new lifestyle social interaction with other parents in the same position is essential. Friendships can be formed inside classes that can flourish outside the class experience. Find out more about the 7 Benefits Of Baby & Toddler Classes & Activities.
Having a supportive and informative community around you of parents going through similar challenges or with previous experience can make all the difference. Find out more about the importance of a supportive parents group here.
Comment below if you have joined a local parents group.